24 Jun 2014
Doug Farrar, Cian Fahey, and I had a bit of an e-mail round robin about Flowers about a month ago, before Kansas City cut him. Flowers had phenomenal charting stats in 2012 -- top ten in both Adjusted Success Rate and Adjusted Yards per Pass -- and then horrific charting stats in 2013. Looking closer with two film guys, though, it looked like less of a case of getting old and more a case of player and scheme really not matching. The Chiefs had always played Flowers on one side, period. Suddenly in 2013 they were moving him all over, sometimes into the slot. He got particularly killed by Dez Bryant in Week 2, but he was also doing things like covering San Diego's backup tight end Ladarius Green (who burned him for a 60-yard touchdown). Anyway, he now gets to be Green's new teammate. It's a position where the Chargers obviously need an upgrade. They would probably be best off just letting him sit on one side, stick the rookie Jason Verrett on the other side, and let Shareece Wright play the slot. Somebody told me not to move Brandon Flowers around.
4 comments, Last at 25 Jun 2014, 9:08pm by Scott C
The Bucs' rookie made a lot of big plays last year, but he'll need to cut down on turnovers and sloppy throws to live up to his draft status.